Literary Location #88: The Forest

Literary Location #88: The Forest

The Forest Recreation Ground, about a mile north of the city centre, was once the southernmost part of Sherwood Forest. Best known for being Goose Fair’s annual home and a site for park-and-riders, for over 300 years the Forest has hosted amateur sport. The son of a...
Literary Locations #76: Southwell

Literary Locations #76: Southwell

Many Nottingham writers have taken inspiration from their memories of Southwell, including D.H. Lawrence, Alan Sillitoe, and B.S. Johnson, whose experimental book-in-a-box, ‘The Unfortunates’ (1969), includes Brian’s recollections of visiting Southwell with June,...
Literary Locations #75: Newstead Abbey

Literary Locations #75: Newstead Abbey

In the rolling acres of Robin Hood country, along a mile and a quarter of tree-lined road, is Newstead Abbey, surrounded by woodland, lakes, waterfalls and walled gardens. The Augustinian priory was built by Henry II, between 1163 and 1173, to atone for the murder of...
Literary Locations #69: Sneinton Market

Literary Locations #69: Sneinton Market

Before becoming Sneinton Market, the area was the site of a clay pipe workshop. Its nearest homes, back-to-back housing known as ‘the Bottoms’, were more like slums. William Booth, born 1829, described the Sneinton of his youth, recalling “the degradation and...